Climate protection demonstrators from the “Last Generation” group want to block the Autobahn in Berlin again this weekend.
The group “Last Generation” announced that “far more people than before” should now take part in the blockade actions and make the autobahns “a place of peaceful resistance”. The new campaigns in Berlin should start on June 18th.
Because the demonstrators want to achieve great effects with their road blockades, however, it is expected that the protests in Berlin will focus less on the weekend with little traffic and more on the coming week with rush hour traffic. Motorists should therefore be prepared for sudden traffic jams on some routes.
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According to the police, the initiative blocked 45 motorway exits in Berlin in January and February with seated and taped demonstrators. In Berlin alone, this led to more than 270 criminal charges and around 120 charges of administrative offenses.
In the meantime, the police have a mid-three-digit number of investigations, mostly about coercion and resistance against police officers. The Berlin public prosecutor’s office has received 65 cases so far. So far there has not been a decision in any proceedings as to whether charges can be brought or whether the proceedings can be dropped.
This was followed by blockades at several German airports and the port of Hamburg. Actions were suspended in March because of the war in Ukraine, but later resumed. On Tuesday, demonstrators repeatedly blocked an intersection in Dresden.
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The group said it had been organizing talks and meetings over the past few weeks and “training more and more people in nonviolent, civil resistance.”